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Dallas Empire win CDL Chicago: final placements, highlights, recap

Published: 27/Apr/2020 2:11 Updated: 1/May/2020 14:06

by Albert Petrosyan


Dallas Empire are champions of the Chicago Home Series on April 26, taking down Atlanta FaZe 3-1 in the Grand Final to become the first-ever team to win multiple tournaments this Call of Duty League season.

Having been denied a chance to win their own tournament earlier in April, Dallas Empire didn’t have to wait long for a chance at redemption and their second Home Series championship of the season.

What’s perhaps made this one even sweeter is the fact that they went through the CDL’s cream of the crop to achieve it, beating both Chicago Huntsmen and Atlanta FaZe in the playoff bracket.

Dallas EmpireDallas Empire are the first team to win two CDL championships this season.

In fact, their road to victory was almost as perfect as can be; a flawless 4-0 record with every win coming either via a 3-0 or 3-1 scoreline, including the Grand Final vs the vaunted FaZe.

On top of the Call of Duty League for the second time, some are already saying that Dallas has supplanted Atlanta as the best team in the CDL, and it would be hard to argue against that right now.

Their championship effort earned the team an important 50 CDL Points, pushing them to the top of the 2020 standings. FaZe, who were also looking for their second tournament victory this season, gained 30 points, and the top-four was rounded off by Huntsmen and Surge, who earned 20 points apiece.

CDL Chicago Home Series final placements

Placement Team CDL Points Roster
1 Dallas Empire 50 Crimsix, Clayster, Huke, Shotzzy, iLLeY
2 Atlanta FaZe 30 Simp, Priestahh, aBeZy, Cellium, Majormaniak
3/4 Seattle Surge 20 Karma, Octane, Apathy, Pandur, Slacked
3/4 Chicago Huntsmen 20 Scump, FormaL, Arcitys, Envoy, Gunless
5/6 New York Subliners 10 ZooMaa, Attach, Accuracy, Temp, Mack
5/6 Los Angeles Guerrillas 10 Blazt, AquA, Decemate, Spart, Vivid
7/8 OpTic Gaming LA 0 Dashy, TJHaLy, JKap, Kuavo, SlasheR
7/8 London Royal Ravens 0 Wuskin, Dylan, skrapz, Jurd, Seany

CDL Chicago Grand Final recap & highlights

The powerhouse Grand Final series between Empire and FaZe kicked off on Gun Runner Hardpoint, a back-and-forth affair that ultimately went the way of Dallas, 250-222, thanks to some expert positioning on the last hill.

Map two on St. Petrograd turned out to be one of the most exhilarating Search and Destroy matches of the season so far. Both teams traded shots all the way to round 11, and a massive clutch from young superstar Simp helped FaZe win the map 6-5 and tie up the series at one game apiece.

The Hackey Yard Domination was the first game of the series that wasn’t a neck-and-neck affair. Dallas took the initiative right from the getgo and didn’t allow Atlanta to ever really get any sort of footing for a rally. The final score, 171-146, gave Empire the 2-1 edge heading into map four.

Game four, Hardpoint on St. Petrograd, turned out to be the final map of the series, as once again, Empire got off to a lightning-quick start and didn’t afford their vaunted opponents even the remotest chance at a comeback.

The final scoreline, 250-200, sealed the series and tournament victory for Dallas and perhaps handed them the mantle of the best team in the CDL right now.

CDL Chicago brackets & scores

Group A

Group B


Friday, April 24 – Day one recap & highlights

Round Match
Group A R1 London Royal Ravens 0-3 Atlanta FaZe
Group B R1 Seattle Surge 3-0 Los Angeles Guerrillas
Group B R1 Dallas Empire 3-1 OpTic Gaming LA
Group A R1 Chicago Huntsmen 2-3 New York Subliners

Saturday, April 25 – Day two recap & highlights

Round Match
Group B WR2 Seattle Surge 1-3 Dallas Empire
Group A WR2 Atlanta FaZe 3-2 New York Subliners
Group B LR1 Los Angeles Guerrillas 3-1 OpTic Gaming LA
Group A LR1 London Royal Ravens 1-3 Chicago Huntsmen
Group B LR2 Seattle Surge 3-1 Los Angeles Guerrillas
Group A LR2 New York Subliners 1-3 Chicago Huntsmen

Sunday, April 26

Round Match
Semifinal 1 Dallas Empire 3-0 Chicago Huntsmen
Semifinal 2 Atlanta FaZe 3-1 Seattle Surge
Grand Final Atlanta FaZe 1-3 Dallas Empire

Event coverage & recaps

With the Chicago Home Series now wrapped up, the league’s attention will flip to the Florida Mutineer’s event, which will be the team’s first tournament since winning CDL Dallas.

The teams that will be participating in addition to Florida are: Atlanta FaZe, London Royal Ravens, Minnesota ROKKR, New York Subliners, OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, Paris Legion, and Toronto Ultra.

For more details, make sure to check out our Call of Duty League 2020 season hub, which includes the updated CDL standings, full event schedule, and more.

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Another Warzone streamer shows hacks live on Twitch stream

Published: 24/Oct/2020 22:27

by Theo Salaun


Like clockwork, another Call of Duty: Warzone streamer has exposed their in-game cheats while playing live on Twitch. And this time, the cheater did not take kindly to chat quickly trashing him.

Hackers have been the biggest issue in Warzone; with cross-play enabled between PC and console players for the first time, the CoD fanbase has been exposed to even greater levels of cheating than ever before.

Going by ‘festation’ on Twitch, yet another streamer has outed themselves as a cheater on the platform by displaying their hacks while broadcasting live. In this case, they were quickly called out on Twitter and in the chat, leading to deleted clips and a switch to Black Ops 4 gameplay.

With Twitch chat flaming him for being bad at Modern Warfare and Warzone even with hacks activated, festation proceeded to let them know that he is elite on Black Ops 4 and challenged them to 1v1 matches. He then switched over to the earlier CoD title, but not before his hacks were clipped and shipped across the internet.

As shown in the clip, downloaded before its inevitable deletion on Twitch, festation is rolling around Verdansk while knowing precisely where every single opponent is on the map. He can see players, color-coded based on their health, with a structural indication of their character model’s movement through walls.

Similarly, he also has indicators for guns, cash, and armor found throughout the map. Unfortunately for him, that sort of unfair game awareness doesn’t equate to the IQ that matters, as he is easily blown up by a Cluster Strike at one point.

This is likely why Twitch chat laid into him even more, as fans typically shame hackers for remaining inferior at the game even when gaining an unfair advantage. 

Part of the reason why he gained a decent amount of viewers on Twitch was likely because of getting exposed on Twitter. Concerned fans of the battle royale went so far as to reply to a random TimTheTatMan tweet to try and bring attention to the blatant hacking.

In response, new viewers could enjoy seeing the cheater switch over to BO4 and continue to struggle while throwing out challenges to his detractors in chat: “Get on Black Ops 4, watch me smack any of you on Hardpoint.”

This is far from the first time a streamer has been exposed for cheating. In the past, one accidentally displayed his hacks while another purposefully tried to show his off. As of yet, neither Infinity Ward nor Twitch appear to have banned festation, but repercussions seem likely following this exposure.